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Name: Peggy
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Another quote for today:

“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

― Charles Bukowski

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:09 PM (3 replies)

A thought on the horrifying airplane accident over France:

The Los Angeles Times has a columnist who often has spoken about events that leave most of us speechless. His name is Steve Lopez and he used to write a column called Points West. Back in 2004-05, an awful mudslide buried a town, killing many residents. The title was "Ordinary Lives Derailed by Fate" and it was published on January 28, 2005.

Steve had this to say about that, and I thought it was really applicable to yesterday's events:

"There is no rhyme or reason. There is only the chilling reminder that we live precariously and die randomly, and that there is honor in facing each day with purpose and grace."

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:26 PM (56 replies)

Danziger on Cotton:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 03:11 PM (31 replies)

Wayfarer's Chapel

Like fizzgig, I too needed to get out of the house today.......so I drove up to the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I've been there before but not in several years.

Inside the Chapel:

Another view:


Another ranunculus:



An overview of the Chapel in its setting:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 07:51 PM (35 replies)

This political cartoon made me laugh, and I hope it does the same for you...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Mar 3, 2015, 04:03 PM (17 replies)

My garden says it's early spring...(pic heavy)

Here's a few pictures for you:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 06:23 PM (23 replies)

If the GOP listens to this writer, we could be in trouble. Your thoughts on this op-ed?

By Brian O'Leary Bennett

For the first time in 24 years there's an open U.S. Senate seat in the state, and there's no viable GOP candid
California Republicans under Reagan led a national revolution. Now they must lead their own evolution.

Delegates to the California Republican Party state convention that begins Friday in Sacramento should be asking themselves just two questions: Why can't they find an electable U.S. Senate candidate and how do they revive a state party that's become irrelevant?

This state went from red to blue because the California GOP lost its Reaganesque compass and, alarmingly, a willingness to discern between moral absolutes and generational evolution. Ronald Reagan brilliantly never let himself be the captive or defender of the status quo or party orthodoxy. He embraced broad principles and found ways to solve problems without selling out.

Voters, popes, presidents and even some elders have evolved. The state party has not and seems to be perversely proud of it. Political parties are meant to win elections, not be martyrs to lost causes of bygone eras. Republicans need their own rhetoric of reliance

For the first time in 24 years there's an open U.S. Senate seat in California, and the party should be ashamed it has no viable candidates. The problem is “us” not “them.” What are some of the changes the state party needs to make to return California to a truly two-party state?

The brand: The California party would be smart to develop a playbook from many accomplished conservative governors. Four full months after a stunning rejection of the president's policies, the GOP as a whole has no defining principles or programs. A work in progress, they tell us. Many GOP governors are having remarkable success in blue states. But here in California, sections of the party platform read from the Dark Ages. The state GOP is squandering a historic opportunity to rebrand with voters who don't trust any party, most of all a GOP held hostage to itself.

The entire article at the link:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Feb 26, 2015, 03:51 PM (12 replies)

Obama offers Republicans alternative to Keystone XL pipeline route:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:07 PM (12 replies)

****WCGreen Update --Wednesday February 25, 2015****

From his wife:

A Christopher Green update.

Chris has moved to room 222 at Kindred. 11900 Fairhill Rd. Cleveland, OH 44120.

I am worried that he may be getting discouraged. He has been on the vent for some time; hasn't painted or played guitar. If you could send him a funny card, it may help. Humor is a wonderful balm. Thank you.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 03:54 PM (17 replies)

**The Time Cellar** A book by our very own DFW!

I've been hearing about this book around DU, and it sounded intriguing, so I bought a copy, and WOW.

For starters, here is the first sentence: "For the record, if there ever is one, the body in my basement with the pitchfork sticking out of its back isn't mine."

Well. That's all it took. I started reading it around 9:30 p.m. one night recently, and I didn't (rather, I couldn't) put it down till I was finished at around 1:00 a.m.

The plot is beautifully done, the characters are believable, and the story flows like, well, wine! Wine is one of the central themes and even if you don't know anything about it, it doesn't matter. The story is completely compelling. There is also time travel which is fantastic and takes you off to some very interesting places and people. There is also suspense and romance. It's wonderful!

I strongly recommend this wonderful book.

I hope DFW will sell many many copies, along with a screenplay.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 12:59 AM (57 replies)
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